On the news today that the next two missions to Mars have been scrapped, I was reminded of this video from one of my heroes, space-enthusiast and astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson.
Juxtaposed with images of the space race and space travel, he explains why it was we went to space in the first place (to beat Russia there) and now because we have no enemy to fight, we’ve lost interest. We’ve stopped dreaming about such things, and even though NASA is the tiniest of costs to our country, even a modest increase in funding could take us places we’ve never been before. But instead, we get budget cuts and cancelled Mars missions.
It just makes me sad that in my lifetime, I doubt we’ll ever make any significant progress in space, keeping science-fiction, fiction.